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Born Freddie Mohlder Bratha in the modest central-northern town of Otjiwarongo on 14 August 1949, the strongly-built defender formed the spine of the exciting Waters’ outfit in the early 70s, strutting his stuff alongside the trident of evergreen Shekupe, Lukas ‘Oupapa’ Etenda Hipondoka, and the tough-tackling pocket-size fullback Tommy ‘Okanambaka’ Kaimbi. A dark cloud has befallen the coastal town of Swakopmund and the entire Namibian rugby fraternity following the sad passing of former national youth rugby backline Cedric Haraseb. A giant has fallen, and though the truth is often very hard to swallow, the incredible times and electrifying moments many Namibians shared with Khai Meester Molan Moses Gariseb will forever be entrenched in our memories. Former Orlando Pirates Football Club teenage goal poacher Rudolf Dickson made waves with a flurry of goals that announced him as a highly-gifted youngster and the most likely and fitted potential successor for ageing club legend Ishmael ‘Lemmy Special’ Narib in what promised to be a smooth-sailing football safari, only to evaporate into thin air. Two of the surviving founders of local giants Orlando Pirates Football Club are crying foul over what they term “infringement” on their intellectual property rights. A strict disciplinarian and uncompromising fitness fanatic, former Thistle Football Club’s hard-as-nails fullback Edward ‘Nose’ Morgenroth is one of the most revered yet less talked-about personalities in Namibian football. The garden town of Okahandja has in the past produced a significant number of highly-gifted personalities, ranging from politicians, astute academics, community activists and athletes, in that sequence. Love him or loathe him, former amateur boxer Bernhard Mbamunomuvatere Kamatoto in this edition speaks about his long and winding career. He pulls no punches as he lays bare the good and bad tales of his abbreviated boxing journey and life in general, as well as how a chronic disease hamstrung his childhood dream of joining the paid ranks. A product of the now-defunct popular biannual Inter-Mines’ Multi-Sport Games, retired long-distance athlete Vilho Kudumo Namufinda took a liking to long-distance running after being inspired by the late Abed Jacobs, Joshua ‘Bravo’ Kahitu, veterans Lukas Halweendo, Bob Tangeni, Edward Gariseb, Aaron Shipanga, Gabriel Awaseb, Hendrick Maasdorp and Simeon Martin, as well as the Kayele siblings Frank A dark cloud has befallen the close-knit community of Etoshapoort following the shocking departure of former Golden Bees Football Club serial net-buster Lesley Arnold Haraeb, famously known as ‘Tico-Tico’ or better still ‘Shower-Shower’ in football and social circles. For many, he is the well-spoken and energetic Kaisames radio station sports anchor but in real life, Ricardo Garoeb, famously known as ‘Uncle Happiness’, used to be a magical baller of note. New Era Sport caught up with the likeable popular socialite as he goes full throttle reliving his untold football journey, and how being harshly elbowed out of his job almost drove him to suicide. The Kobos settlement, a relatively pocket-sized enclave, sandwiched between the Naukluft Mountains and Rehoboth in the Hardap region, will be a hive of activity this weekend. Just as retired players from Katutura giant killers Hungry Lions Football Club, famously known as the ‘Brave Lions of Judah’, were still struggling to come to terms with the heart-bleeding departure of the club’s blue-eyed boy Billy Tuahepa, joined in heaven by a few others who have all been mercilessly wiped from mother planet by the monster called Covid-19, death has struck again. He came as an unknown entity, conquered and announced his arrival on the big stage with breath-taking displays week in and week out, marshalling the left side of Blue Waters’ rear-guard with the confidence and maturity of a seasoned campaigner. He came, he saw, he conquered! Barely out of his pair of shorts, young Patrick Mettler arrived in the city of bright lights (Windhoek) to start a new chapter with the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), and was slotted into the less glamorous portfolio of a raw trainee video editor, and as they say, the rest is history. Bonifatius Kruger, one of the co-founders of Khorixas outfit Robber Chanties, was not only a highly-gifted versatile athlete and immaculately dresser with his trademark flat caps, but also an astute football administrator and self-made businessman. From the moment the fairly young and innocent-looking Uazuva Mieze arrived in the city of bright lights (Windhoek), she wasted little time burning the midnight oil to transform the ladies’ game, showing glimpses of greatness with some jaw-dropping displays on the netball courts. The strongly-built young man from the great Kaokoland (Opuwo) was a beast in the boxing ring, possessing amazing power. Unfortunately, his promising boxing career was cut short when his unquenchable desire for equality propelled him to skip his motherland into exile. Much-travelled Brave Warriors versatile attacking midfielder Robert Nauseb played the bulk of his amazing professional football career for South African glamour football club Kaizer Chiefs. Former Black Africa agile shot-stopper Protasius ‘Metra’ Toromba is one of a few local footballers who have mysteriously disappeared from the scene without a trace.